Daily Brief

April 17, 2024

Thirty Minutes of Recess

The Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) hosted 30 Minutes of Recess Thursday, April 11, where faculty members from a variety of disciplines gathered to learn more about the pedagogy of play and explored ways to help their students learn and connect. Playground monitor Erin Kraal led research-based activities using a collection of fun materials and techniques. Interested in this type of event for your department? Visit our webpage to learn more about CEL and everything we offer.

Center for Engaged Learning, Center for Engaged Learning

Buckley standing in front of KU Police badge on wall, with flag to the side

Best Wishes to Officer Buckley

Officer Jeffrey Buckley has accepted a full-time position with the Hamburg Borough Police Department in Berks County. Officer Buckley started his career with the KU Police Department in 2019 and is a certified MPOETC Defensive Tactics Instructor, Certified Field Training Officer and RAD Instructor. He was always there for the department and KU community. The staff at KU Public Safety and Police Services wishes Officer Buckley nothing but success as he continues his law enforcement career.

David Drezek, Public Safety

Officers sitting at panel table answering questions.

Police Mock Oral Boards

The Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Public Safety and Police Services co-hosted mock police oral boards Thursday, April 11, for students who intend to pursue policing careers. Students interviewed with a panel of KU's Chief of Police and three alumni, who are currently serving as police officers. Students gained valuable feedback to improve their interview skills so that they will be successful in starting their careers after graduation. Many thanks to the panel and the students who participated. The full panel of officers included Chief David Drezek, Kutztown University Public Safety and Police Services; Tpr. Ryan Ziegler '08, Pennsylvania State Police; Dpt. Sarah Felts '14, Berks County Sherriff's Office; Ofc. Zachary Wargula '19, Archbald Police Department.

Colin Bolger, Criminal Justice


Weather forecasts are provided by KU's Dr. Michael Davis and "Monsoon Mike" Regensburger

A low pressure system cutoff from the jet stream enters the Great Lakes region. Some shower activity is possible as a result, mainly in the afternoon. High temperature near 61.


Wednesday Daily Brief Submissions

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University Relations


Dissertation Defense: Kealsey McNeil

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Department of Social Work are pleased to announce Kealsey McNeil, LCSW, CAADC, will defend her Doctor of Social Work dissertation, “Utilization of Mental Health Services at Domestic Violence Agencies in Pennsylvania,” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, ZoomMeeting ID: 932 3277 1154. Passcode: 552575. The dissertation chair is Dr. Yasoda Sharma.

Sharon Lyter, Social Work

Big Art Day to be Staged Again on KU Campus Friday, April 19

Big Art Day, coordinated by faculty from the Department of Art and Design, is bringing three KU alumni back to campus this spring to share their insight and experience on varied careers in the arts. The event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, with the following locations and times:
 - 10 a.m. to noon, 120 Shardin for the morning event.
 - Noon to 2 p.m., second floor Atrium Gallery Sharadin (the lobby outside of the Miller Gallery) for the afternoon events.
Our alumni speakers are Erika Stearly '09, James Maria '12 and Jae Kazmar '18. Big Art Day has been an annual Art and Design event since its founding in 2007. Its purpose has always been to foster a connection between esteemed alumni of the program and current students to celebrate the accomplishments of both. The event includes morning coffee with speakers, followed by individual presentations of their work experience and creative projects, a rich question and answer session, department awards, including awards given by the alumni who are jurying the current Kutztown Studio Arts Senior Show, and finally, a luncheon.

Pierette Kulpa, Art and Design

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 17 8 a.m. Dissertation Defense: Ana Bogota
245 Beekey 
April 17 9 a.m. KU Inspires
Rohrbach Library
April 17 10 a.m. Blood Drive
218 MSU
April 17 2 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Bears Den MSU
April 17 4:30 p.m. UGRC Mentorship Award Ceremony
183 MSU
April 17 5 p.m. Indian Cultural Celebration
Multicultural Center 
April 17 7:30 p.m. Concert: Latin Ensemble
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 17 7:30 p.m. Quartet for the End of Time
Wells-Rapp Center
April 18 11 a.m. Elder Care Workshop 
102 Academic Forum (Zoom
April 18 7 p.m. Ride the Cyclone Musical 
Schaeffer Little Theatre
April 18 7:30 p.m. Blackjack!: The Road to 21
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 19 10 a.m. Big Art Day 
Sharadin Arts Building 
April 21 1:30 p.m. Concert: Trombone Choir
114 Schaeffer
April 21 3 p.m. Golden Bear Dance Company
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 21 3 p.m. Out of the Darkness Walk
April 22 1:30 p.m. GEPAC External Reviewers
250 MSU 
April 23 11 a.m. CSIT Thesis Presentation
April 23 7:30 p.m. Concert: Rock Ensemble III
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 24-27 -- Bearfest 45
April 24 11:30 a.m. Dissertation Defense: Kealsey McNeil
April 24 7:30 p.m. Concert: Rock Ensemble II
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 25 1:30 p.m. Council of Trustees Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324, 325 MSU
April 25 3 p.m. Council of Trustees Plenary Session
250 MSU
April 25 7:30 p.m. Concert: Rock Ensemble I
Schaeffer Auditorium

Date Time Event
April 17 3 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Shepherd 
Keystone Field (Video | Stats)
April 19 TBA Tennis vs. Edinboro (M&W)
Keystone Courts 
April 20 11 a.m. Tennis vs. Mercyhurst (M&W)
Keystone Courts 
April 20 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Mansfield (DH)
North Campus Field (Video | Stats)


Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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